Out of all the trends mentioned in diaNoche Living, Tropical Punch is the one you’ll probably see less of, however, what it lacks in quantity it makes up in quality (or character[s]).
Think: Hawaiian/tropical flavor with really bold surfer colors and silhouettes. Tiki inspired, bold prints with touches of neon. Key colors are orange, watermelon, tangerine, and grass green with black as the base color.
Accessories: Flat sandals, strappy sandals, embellished details, rafia soled wedges (see below), enamel accessories, layered necklaces, shiny crystals, plastic bracelets, colored eyewear, neon rope belts, patterned scarves and last but not least turbans.
The key designers who each had a different take on “Tropical Punch” (a conversation singled out by trend forecast firm, Fashion Snoops) were Dior, Prada and Stella McCartney. Stella’s collection left you feeling happy and satiated as if you just gulped down a cold glass of fresh lemonade, ready to lay back down on a bed of warm grass:
Dior’s pinup muses strut down the runway wearing bold colors such as vibrant (almost neon) tangerines, turquoise and fuchsia, tropical inspired prints, crochet knits with sailor caps and exotic colored feather accessories.
Throw in a drunken mad sailor and you have Galliano’s last show.
While Prada took on a whole new direction.
I know fashion gurus all over the world read this blog as scripture (that was a joke) but I don’t want this to be read as fact; it is merely my interpretation of the collection. For all I know Miuccia Prada could have been inspired by a basket of bananas and that Chiquita’s* irresistible figure. Believe it or not I’m inspired by random things like that all the time.
*Dik Browne, who created Chiquita Banana, is the same artist who created Hagar the Horrible comic strip.
However, the closer I looked at Prada’s SS11 collection the more I saw George Barbier’s paintings come to life (watch this).
The hand drawn style scrolls…
…the stripes and shoes…
… the short, modern hair cuts..
all with a dash of Dr. Seuss inspired accessories that scream, “I don’t care, I just came to play.”
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own.
And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”